Tillerson’s insubordination meant he had to go

There are many reasons Rex Tillerson’s tenure as secretary of state was a failure, from his notorious isolation from his subordinates to his failure...

Perceived biases, attacks erode trust in the press

By LATA NOTT Awarding a grade to a concept like press freedom might seem like an impossible task, but here at the First Amendment Center...

The missing chapter about Joe Smekens

It was June 2013, and Joe Smekens had sent me a sneak peak of his book “Windows of Wells County — A Reporter’s Favorite...

The Willy Loman presidency

One of President Trump’s favorite words is “strong.” His obsession with strength leads him to a love for unilateral announcements, denunciations of staff members...

Don’t blame it on the guns!

We were in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, when the latest school shooting occurred in Florida. Seventeen dead, 15 wounded. Terrible. It never occurred to me...

Trump’s anti-trade talk, tariffs raising alarms in rural Indiana

Trump Country in Indiana is the country, the rural areas that former radio host Mike Pence used to describe as the land of the...

‘There’s nobody left to take to practice’

We were having breakfast Saturday morning at a local restaurant when my wife starting singing: “Those were the days, my friend, I thought they’d...

More complexities and (no surprise) more grumbling

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”  - H. L. Mencken Last week, we discussed the complexities of gun...

Man of steel

“If you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country” declared President Donald Trump at a press availability with the Swedish prime minister. He...

A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

“The war is over.” — Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan  (April 2002) “I believe victory is closer than ever before.” — Vice President Mike Pence in...